Friends Fall Festival set for October 22, 2016

Come enjoy the beauty of fall at the MacKenzie Center.  This family friendly event will give you a chance to participate in some of the many activities available at MacKenzie including archery, air guns, compass skills and geocaching, wildlife tours, fire building, hiking, and studying the plant and critter life in our pond.  In addition you can learn about (and touch) real furs and skulls, cut a “wood cookie” using a two-person crosscut saw, make leaf and wildlife track pressings and try other crafts.  Come in costume (if you like) and participate in some of our seasonal activities — pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze, gunny sack races, face painting, scarecrow making, hayrides, and more!  The Rio HS Band will perform at 11 am and the Prairie Thunder Cloggers dance at 1 pm.  The $10/vehicle admission covers all activities.  Food and gift shop items will be available at an additional cost.  Come for an hour or plan to stay all day, there’s something for everyone!  All proceeds stay at the MacKenzie Center to support the facility and its programs!

Save the date and spread the word.  We are also in need of volunteers to help with this event.  In addition to helping with activities, we’ll need people to help with food, parking, greeting and collecting admission, and as crossing guards.  You can work all day (9:30 – 3:30) or take a shift (9:30 – 12:30 or 12:30 – 3:30).  Contact Deb Wearne-Neurohr at or call the MacKenzie Center 608-635-8105.